Terranea Resort Names Andrew Vaughan Chef de Cuisine of mar’sel
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2016): Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel, has named Andrew Vaughan as the new chef de cuisine of mar’sel, the resort’s signature restaurant. One of Los Angeles’ top dining destinations, mar’sel offers a decidedly inventive twist on California cuisine in a spectacular seaside setting located along the prestigious Palos Verdes Peninsula.
A Louisiana native, Vaughan hails from two of the most iconic restaurants in the nation, working alongside Emeril Lagasse at NOLA in New Orleans, and Daniel Boulud at Restaurant Daniel in New York City. Most recently, Vaughan has been an integral part of Terranea Resort’s culinary team, recently serving as the Chef de Cuisine for Nelson’s at Terranea, as well as masterfully executing VIP Dinners for the resort, and aiding the development and execution of the successful Chef’s Table Dinner Series, which showcases the resort’s renowned “farm-to-Terranea” cuisine, alongside featured wines, to benefit a select charity.
“Chef Andrew has been a dedicated member of our culinary team,” says Terranea Resort Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra. “His cooking and interpersonal skills added to his impressive resume, make him the perfect leader to spearhead our award-winning mar’sel Restaurant.”
Under Vaughan’s leadership, the mar’sel menu will exhibit a strong focus on the respect for culinary tradition and technique. Vaughan will continue to collaborate with local fisherman, ranchers and farmers to source local and sustainable ingredients to complement what is growing in Terranea’s hilltop garden and in the mar’sel garden beds. Seasonal menu selections include: poached John Dory with hand cut nasturtium pasta, artichokes and verjus glaze, uni on toast, shaved foie gras, wild borage and red currants, and Wagyu ribeye cap with mushroom gratin, and pheasant with fregola, roasted fennel, and cabrales foam.
“I’m thrilled to begin this next chapter,” said Vaughan. “With the bounty of Terranea to draw from year round, I am able to showcase the exceptional produce grown on property and the fresh ingredients and seafood California has to offer. I am excited to create unique dishes that capture the essence of the California lifestyle, while drawing on the influences of my French culinary technique and the playful style of Spanish cuisine that infuses the spirit of mar’sel.”
Since its inception in 2009, mar’sel has achieved numerous awards and accolades including Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Best Fine Dining and Romantic Restaurant in the South Bay by Los Angeles Times Reader’s Choice Awards, Best Romantic Rendezvous by South Bay Magazine, Best Special Occasion Restaurant and Wine List by Palos Verdes Patch Reader’s Choice Awards, Best Décor by Zagat Los Angeles Restaurants Survey, and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. mar’sel continues to take part in prestigious food and wine events throughout Southern California and around the country such as Los Angeles Food & Wine, Los Angeles Times ‘The Taste,’ Evening on the Beach, and the annual Manhattan Beach Wine Auction and Cart for a Cause, Los Angeles. For additional information, please visit www.mar-sel.com or call 310.265.2780.
About Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel
Located on California’s Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea is Los Angeles’ premier oceanfront resort with 102-acres of unparalleled Pacific Ocean views. Terranea opened its doors in June 2009 and offers world-class accommodations that range from hotel suites to bungalows, oceanfront casitas and luxurious villas, which are also available for purchase as seaside second homes through Terranea Real Estate. Amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole, par three golf course; award-winning 50,000 sq. ft. oceanfront spa and fitness center; four swimming pools and a 140-foot waterslide; marea luxury boutique; 135,000 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space; and eight dining venues including signature restaurant mar’sel; Nelson’s, a cliff-side spot ideal for whale watching; and Asian-inspired bashi. Terranea is proud of its farm-to-Terranea culinary philosophy that focuses on utilizing local and sustainable ingredients. Terranea’s bountiful land boasts herb and vegetable gardens, lemon groves, bee hives, a Sea Salt Conservatory and more. As well, the resort’s innovative activity center and adventure concierge, Pointe Discovery, lets guests discover and explore Terranea’s rich terrain with miles of scenic coastal trails, secluded beach cove and ocean environment. Fun, enriching programs and activities such as habitat photography, falconry, kayorkle and paddle boarding also abound. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe Enterprises and JC Resorts and is a member of the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program and AAA Four-Diamond property. Since its opening, Terranea Resort has been named one of Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World and earned a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards and Gold List. The resort also received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and has been recognized numerous times on U.S. News & World Report’s Best U.S. Hotels list. For additional information about Terranea Resort, www.terranea.com, call 866-802-8000 or follow Terranea on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About Destination Hotels
Destination Hotels (Destination) is the largest owner and operator of independent hotels, resorts and residences in the United States. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Destination is an industry leader with more than 40 years of hospitality management and development experience. Located in premier destinations, the portfolio is continuously growing with more than 40 luxury and upscale properties from coast to coast. The award-winning company operates 20 golf courses, 20 full-service spas, six IACC-certified conference centers and 110 bars and restaurants. The privately owned company is a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based investment, development and real estate firm. For more information on Destination Hotels, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.